Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Weekly Round-Up

Kimi Who? Why I'm Boycotting Black Thursday
♥ Kimi wrote a great post about boycotting "Black Thursday" and I so agree with her.  I will not be supporting companies who are forcing their employees to be there instead of out with their families.  This kind of consumerism is insane.

High-Heeled Love: Puppy Love
♥ My co-host Aubrey found a puppy crying in the cold.  They're fostering this little cute thing for now, and thinking about adopting it permanently.  Run over and ooh and aww.  Puppies are so cute.

Oh So Kawaii: Halloween Photo Shoot
♥ Did you know Sarah from Oh So Kawaii models?  Just look at her Halloween Photo Shoot she did!

Beauty Expression by Luchessa: Anderson's Nail Tutorial
♥ Ahhhh, run on over to Luchessa's blog for this super cute Anderson's Nail Tutorial!

Anna in Wonderland: How to Pack for a Long Trip
♥ Anna from Anna in Wonderland shared tips on How to Pack for a Long Trip and still look good!

The Weekly Round-Up

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12 Days of Giveaways Day 8: Books by Anna Scanlon

12 Days of Giveaways Day 8: Books by Anna Scanlon
Hello readers!  For day 8 of the 12 Days of Giveaways we're here with Anna Scanlon, who not only blogs at Anna in Wonderland, but who has written THREE books!  She's going to give away two of them today, but let's get to know her...

Anna Scanlon


How do you usually celebrate the holidays?
I celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah--although for me Hanukkah has never been a holiday where you get presents (mostly due to the fact that it wasn't originally and we do Christmas as well). Since I've been living abroad for the past three years, I go to the US to celebrate with my family. This year, I'm coming back for New Year's so I can celebrate that with my boyfriend (who is British). For Hanukkah, we typically just light the candles and say the prayers and make latkes and sufganiyot (jam or custard donuts). We usually just get the latter from Krispy Creme (I'm not even sure that is technically kosher!)...but this year I may try to make my own. For Christmas, my parents and I get together with family near us and have a Christmas dinner and open presents in the morning. It hasn't really changed since I was little.

Are you a Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopper?
If so, what are you planning to shop for those days this year?
Since I'm living in the UK, we don't really have that as there is no Thanksgiving. I believe they have their sales on Boxing Day (the day after Christmas), but I've not really ever been in the country for Boxing Day. But since I've been in the UK, I've hosted Thanksgiving dinner for some of the American expats I've known throughout the years and some of my British friends. That's always a hit! Just no shopping added.

What is your favorite holiday food?
Everything! My dad makes amazing stuffing that we eat at Christmas. I also love a good sugar cookie and gingerbread cookies....and I like when Starbucks does the gingerbread lattes. We have a coffee shop here called Costa that is very similar to Starbucks and their gingerbread lattes are a bit better than Starbucks'. And of course, you can't beat Hanukkah, a holiday where you are supposed to eat fried food.

What's at the top of your holiday wishlist this year?
New suitcases. My old ones are beat up from so much traveling. But other than that, I just want to be healthy and happy. Sounds cliche, but it is cliche for a reason.

What inspires your writing?
Lots of things. I feel like inspiration comes from everywhere, and sometimes it is like the character is trying to tell you his or her story and you just have to write it down. I get a lot of inspiration from feelings, experiences and music. I was actually in the hospital in October and that inspired me to write a sequel to Unravelled. I don't know why, but in the pain killer haze I was in, I felt like I needed to. But I am trying to focus on my PhD thesis at the moment...although it can be difficult when inspiration is calling!

Anna is giving one lucky reader paperback copies of Children of the Most High and Unravelled!
Giveaway is open worldwide and ends 12/4/14 at 12AM.  
Entering below agrees to all Terms and Conditions in the Rafflecopter.

Children of the Most High by Anna Scanlon Unravelled by Anna Scanlon
Don't forget to visit tomorrow to enter day 7 of the 12 Days of Giveaways!


Saturday, November 22, 2014

12 Days of Giveaways Day 7: Kawaii Set

12 Days of Giveaways Day 7: Kawaii Set
Today is day 7 of the 12 Days of Giveaways and I have a super-fun person to introduce you to.  Her name is Sarah and she blogs over at Oh So Kawaii and also runs a super cute Kawaii shop!  You should definitely follow her blog if you like geekery, kawaii, lolita, or just plain fun!  Her blog is sooooo cute-just like her!

Sarah from Oh So Kawaii

How do you usually celebrate the holidays?
My partner and I have family all over the country, so we alternate where we go each year. Last year we stayed in Adelaide (our home town) for Christmas with my family, so this year we are heading to Melbourne to celebrate with his :)

What is your favorite holiday food?
My family have a lot of Christmas traditions, one of which is our home made Christmas puddings. The recipe has been passed down for generations and we all get together to cook them a month before Christmas. Christmas Day, we heat them up and serve it with brandy butter, and it is soooo good! Another one we do each year is strawberry champagne punch... But that's not exactly food ;)

What's at the top of your holiday wishlist this year?
I have to be really boring and go with house stuff. My fiancé and I recently bought a house (which you can read about on my blog!) and there is so many boring house hold items we just don't have yet! Like a clothes hanger, good cooking knives, someone to fix our collapsing retaining wall. Mind you, if a pink chess chocolate head bow or a blue cream cookie OP found their way in there, I wouldn't be completely disappointed ;)

Are you planning any awesome posts on your blog this holiday season?
I have to be really boring and go with house stuff. My fiancé and I recently bought a house (which you can read about on my blog!) and there is so many boring house hold items we just don't have yet! Like a clothes hanger, good cooking knives, someone to fix our collapsing retaining wall. Mind you, if a pink chess chocolate head bow or a blue cream cookie OP found their way in there, I wouldn't be completely disappointed ;)

What is our favorite thing about blogging?
I love having such an open space to share my life and thoughts with other like minded people on.

Just look at the cute stuff you can find in Sarah's shop also!  Click on the image to see the listing!

Oh So Kawaii: Halloween Black and Green Slime Melty Top  Oh So Kawaii: Sweet Blue My Little Pony NecklaceOh So Kawaii: Pink and White Summer Melty Top
Oh So Kawaii: Pink Cupcake Necklace Oh So Kawaii: Kawaii Nintendo Bobomb Necklace
Oh So Kawaii: Littlest Pet Shop Green Lizard Necklace

Sarah is giving this cute Kawaii necklace and stationery set to one lucky winner!
Giveaway is open worldwide only and ends 12/4/14 at 12AM.  
Entering below agrees to all Terms and Conditions in the Rafflecopter.

12 Days of Giveaways Day 7: Kawaii Set 12 Days of Giveaways Day 7: Kawaii Set

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Don't forget to stop by tomorrow for day 8!







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